The women said to Naomi: “Praise be to the LORD, who this day has not left you without a guardian-redeemer. May he become famous throughout Israel!” Ruth 4:14
Sometimes in life people go through some tough times and feel as if there is no hope left. No matter where they look, all they see is trouble. No matter what they do, all they get is trouble.
It is at this point that many turn to drugs, false gods, other spirits, things, people, or even death. They want to give up and quit. In their eyes there is no hope available, there is no reason to keep fighting to move forward.
Yet, there is a hope.
Naomi and her two daughters-in-law were without husbands. Each husband had died. Then came a severe famine in their land. There was nothing left. However, when they returned to Israel, to Bethlehem, God had a plan in place for them.
It was there that Ruth met Boaz. After a time, he chooses to take care of Naomi and marries Ruth. The women of the town quickly began to say that he is their guardian-redeemer, the one who is to take care of them. Later Ruth has a child, Obed, who is the father of Jesse, who is the father of David. A thousand years later, a grandchild is born of David–Jesus.
Jesus is the one who became the guardian-redeemer of all people who believe in Him and follow God.
As time went along, Boaz, Obed, Jesse, David and Jesus all died, however, only Jesus arose from the dead to be the eternal Guardian-Redeemer. He bought back all the people of God from the world and Satan. He provides everything that a person needs, including the most precious thing–life.
You may be going through tough times right now. It may look as though there is no hope, but only death to end it all. It may look as though God is against you and forgotten you.
However, Jesus and the Father will never forget you. You are written in the palm of His hand. It was for you that Jesus shed His blood on the cross. You have a hope that will last for all eternity.
Believing in and following Jesus will be an eternal hope. He will be your Guardian-Redeemer, Savior forever. You have a hope that the world does not know about.
Don’t give up now. You have a Guardian-Redeemer!
I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will know God is for you; that you will know Jesus paid for your life and will keep it; and that you will know the hope you have of eternity with God in heaven some day.
When you go to war against your enemies and see horses and chariots and an army greater than yours, do not be afraid of them, because the LORD your God, who brought you up out of Egypt, will be with you. Deuteronomy 20:1
There are wars and battles going on all over the world. While there are many that are physical wars, with tanks, guns, and physical killings, the majority are a different type of war. They are wars of conflicts of interest, hatred for family or neighbors, temptations to do wrong and more.
People are fighting each other, even though many do not do it with guns. Often, it is each trying to get his or her own way. It is name calling, slandering, gossip, back-biting, cheating, and more.
Even though these types of wars are common, believers have, yet, another type of war. They are in a war against false beliefs, and fighting for the lives of others. The world, as a whole, is against God. They do not want the God to win.
God told the Israelites that they would go to war against their enemies. It was not a matter of ‘if they will go to battle’, but when they will go to battle. As they go to war, they were not to fear the enemy because God would be with them.
Every believer is in a battle for his own life and for the lives of others. It is a spiritual battle of an eternal consequence. The world is against the believer, and the believer is against the world.
Although there are many believers, there are more unbelievers. The believer is not to fear the enemy–this world, despite how many there are. God is right along side of the enemy. He is fighting the battle with the believer.
Each day you go out into this world, you will be doing battle against the enemy of God. Satan and this world’s ways do not want you or God to win.
Walking into the work place or some other location, the number of enemies of God will nearly always be greater in number, than those following God. You have a mission to tell everyone about Jesus. You have a job to bring people to Jesus for salvation.
As you begin to be His witness, you have taken the first strike in this spiritual battle. Do not be afraid of their great numbers. God is with you in this war. You will win, because God never loses.
I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will be His witness in this world; that you will not fear the enemy; and that you will know God’s presence with you in this war for lives.
Blessed are those who wash their robes, that they may have the right to the tree of life ad may go through the gates into the city. Revelation 22:14
The right to have life is a common topic among people. At times it is a very hot topic, while at other times it is not such a hot topic, but it is always there in the background.
Arguments arise as to when a baby becomes a human being and has a right to life, or how long does the mother maintain the right to stop the baby from life. Fights are made all the time about human rights in various nations around the world. Questions are constantly raised on the right to corporal punishment of those who do wrong. The right to assist in suicide is constantly questioned.
As a whole most people believe that they have a right to live and no one can take that away. God gives every person a start to the right to live. When a person has been born, they have the right to live for a time. It is later decisions, that determine how long they may live.
God has made it very simple in how to obtain the right to the tree of life, eternal life. One just needs to accept what Jesus as done and follow Him during his time of life upon this earth. He must believe that Jesus paid for the sins and removed the sins. To follow Jesus just means that he will love God and others just as God loves him, and he will obey everything God says to say and do.
When a person dies, they will stand before the judgment seat of God. If the person has been washed clean by the blood of Jesus Christ, having all his sins removed, he will have the right to eternal life. If the person has never turned to Jesus for a cleansing of his sins, he will not have the right to eternal life.
You, along with every other person on this earth, has to make the choice to follow Jesus. No one can make it for you. No one can take your place. You must choose for yourself to have your robes cleansed by Jesus. Only at that time will you have the right to eternal life, regardless of how good or bad of a person you are.
Do you have the right Life?
I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will allow Jesus to wash away your sins; that you will take what Jesus is offering you; and you will be blessed by God with the right to the tree of life and eternal life.
Those who are victorious will inherit all this, and I will be their God and they will be my children. Revelation 21:7
Parents always want to be able to leave a good inheritance for the children, and even sometimes for their grandchildren. They invest a lot of money in a fund in order to have it for their children. Homes and land will be purchased and paid off to be able to pass it on. Businesses will be built up to be handed over to their child in the future.
Some children will know about the inheritance that they will receive prior to getting it. They will look forward to it, though they do not desire to lose their parents in the process. To get the inheritance, the parent must pass away.
Another type of inheritance that many will receive has nothing to do with material things. They are the inheritance of a great upbringing, correct morals, a good name, great training, and more. These are things that people realize after they have grown up and look back on life.
There is another inheritance that believers can look forward to. However, the only way to receive it is for the believer to be victorious. To be victorious, he must turn away from all sin and follow after God. He must be willing to love God with all of his heart, soul, mind and strength and to love all other people also. He must be willing to do what God tells him to do each and every time.
This inheritance is eternal life, no more pain, no more suffering, no more death, no more sin, no more hunger. All of these things are much better than any human parent can ever provide. The things human parents can provide for an inheritance are usually physical and only last a short time. The inheritance God provides is eternal.
Jesus has provided the way for you to receive this great inheritance. He died on the cross and arose again to take away your sins and provide you with eternal life.
If you have accepted what Jesus has done for you and you follow Him, you have become a child of God. As a child of God you will inherit all that He has. Be victorious and you will receive eternal life with no pain, suffering, hunger or thirst. You will be His child for all eternity–the great inheritance possible!
I pray today that you will know what Jesus has done for you; that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will know the inheritance God has in store for you; and that God will help you be victorious in turning from all sin.
Blessed and holy are those who share in the first resurrection. The second death has no power over them, but they will be priests of God and of Christ and will reign with him for a thousand years. Revelation 20:6
Death is something that is feared by the majority of people. They do not want to die. Billions of dollars are spent every year to prevent death. No expense is spared in this prevention.
For most people, death is an end. There is no hope after death. There is nothing after death. This is often believed whether they love this life or not. Some want death, in order to get away from the pain and suffering in this life, but that is the minority of people.
People fear death, often because they do not really know what happens after death. Or they know that there will be a judgment and they believe they are not ready for that judgment.
The people who have participated in the first resurrection have already died and no longer fear death. This resurrection is the resurrection of Jesus from the dead. He has conquered death and sin. In participation of His death and resurrection they have died to self and given their lives over to the control of Jesus.
Believers no longer have to fear death, because they know that they will reign with God in the end. There is hope and life after the physical death on this earth.
Death no longer has any power over them.
As a believer in Jesus, you no longer have to fear death or what this world can do to you. The most that this world can do, is send you home to God for all eternity–physical death.
Now, live life for God, because death no longer has any power.
I pray today that you will know the resurrection power of Jesus; that you will be dead to self and sin and alive to God; that God will remove all fear of physical death; and that you will know the hope of life eternal that you have in Jesus.